Consistent with Choate’s OneLife safety culture, even amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, Choate strives at all times to maintain the well-being of all who are working to fulfill our clients’ construction needs and the communities in which we live and build.
Choate understands the rapidly changing conditions of COVID-19, and we have a regularly updated and nationally recognized proactive Preparedness Plan in place to minimize risks to workers, as well as control budget and schedule risks, while protecting people on new and current projects. Choate’s Covid-19 Preparedness Plan has been featured nationally on the Association of General Contractor’s (AGC) website as a model program to mitigate the pandemic risks that are specific to the construction industry. This Preparedness Plan was issued to every employee and implemented company-wide in our offices and every jobsite. Addressing the rapidly changing conditions of COVID-19, Choate continues to work safely and diligently to maintain a focus on executing our construction projects. We continue to consistently encourage all Choate employee-owners to receive the vaccine, while respecting individual rights.
A summary of a few of the protocols Choate has implemented are as follows:
Office Staff Team
All Choate Construction offices are following strict protocols per CDC guidance and local government instructions with respect to social distancing, masking, frequent sanitization and cleanliness considerations, virtual meetings, and limits on attendance to gatherings. In addition, all of our project team members are enabled with remote technologies to stay productive both within and outside of our offices and jobsites.
Field Staff & Jobsites
Choate has implemented enhanced operating procedures on all jobsites that focus on worker health and safety and specific site-related illness prevention. Jobsites pose a unique challenge and a sample of the procedures being implemented include:
Enhanced jobsite cleaning and sanitization
Worker hygiene education, reinforcement, and CDC postings
No large gatherings. Small gatherings of 10 or less and outside, if possible
Leveraging videoconferencing technology for meeting attendance
Workers maintain 6’ from each other where possible or masking
Increased ventilation on projects
Outdoor worker welfare areas for the site forces to address breaks and sanitization in an open-air environment
Any employee, subcontractor, or team member that is sick or that has, or may have been, exposed to COVID-19 are not to be present on any Choate jobsite. Our protocols on isolation and quarantine mirror those outlined in the CDC guidance and have been updated with every published CDC update. Every jobsite depends on many people working diligently for the benefit of the project and who all depend on these projects to support their families; therefore, everyone must exercise due care to stay healthy and productive.
Choate project teams are implementing these measures in close partnership with our trade contractor partners who implement similar measures that are consistent with Choate’s COVID Preparedness Plan and CDC guidelines for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 and to keep our projects safe, healthy, and productive.